20 Years of 'Vows', a Ultra Runner is Lost, and Down With the Standing Ovation

A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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Now that The New York Times pay wall is live, you only get 10 free clicks a month. For those worried about hitting their limit, we're taking a look through the paper each morning to find the stories that can make your clicks count.

Top Stories: High-profile political strategists are choosing to work for SuperPACs instead of campaigns, because of more money, less travel, and more freedom to use the tactics they prefer. Suspense is building as Egypt's first post-revolution presidential election is just three days away. With traditional jobs drying up, more men are going into fields that that were previously dominated by women.

Arts: Theater critic Ben Brantley argues for more "sitting ovations" as the standing ovations has become so common that it's lost it's meaning.

World: The death of Pan Am bomber Abdel Ali al-Megrahi has reignited the debate over his early release.

U.S.: A group of doctors is pushing sentences for drug addicts who are behind bars and not being treated properly. East Coast hurricanes makes the ponies of Assateague Island vulnerable.

Politics: Earmarks have created a new military spending scandal: "In the 1980s, the mil­i­tary had its in­fa­mous $800 toi­let seat. To­day, it has a $17,000 drip pan."

Business: Universal's theme parks are going after Disney since being taken over by Comcast. Most office works find open work spaces annoying, particularly due to noise and lack of privacy. In the information age, why do consumers still fall for "signaling" by brands?

Sports: The story of Micah True, a famous ultramarathoner who went for a jog in the New Mexico wilderness and never came back.

Health: Dr. Robert Spitzer has retracted and apologized for his own study that said homosexuality was a disease that could be cured.

Media: Time and Newsweek compete for buzz and sales with provocative covers.

Obituries: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.  Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of an American jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Architecture: An architecture review of Medellin, Colombia, which is rising up from decades of drug violence and poverty.

Opinion: The history of flame-retardant furniture and how it creates its own set of health problems.

Sunday Magazine: There is one hospital in Kabul that treats all victims of the Afghanistan war, no matter what side they fight on.

Weddings: The paper's wedding column, Vows, turns 20 years old and tracks down some of its early subjects.

Photo Gallery of the Day: Scenes from the Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronic dance music festival in New York.

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